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Art car parade in less than 2 minutes (Video)

By ErinPradia
May 19, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.
Updated May 21, 2012 at 12:21 a.m.

One of the many cars on display at the Art Car parade.

After seeing pregnancy pictures of Tracye Boyd with a banana shaped car in front of the Nave Museum on Saturday, Linda Dentler and her two children decided to go and see the cars for themselves.

Jacob Dentler, 3, in his grave digger monster truck shirt said the banana car was his favorite. He also liked the car with a spider as the passenger in the back seat.

His sister, Allison Dentler, 9, who brought her friend, 10-year-old Analysa Garza, said her favorite car was the trash monster - an animated vehicle shaped like a monster with water bottles tangled in his wiry fingers.

Ann Harithas, a seasoned judge of the Houston art car parade, grew up in Victoria and helped curate the art car show Saturday in front of the Nave Museum. She and her husband, Jim Harithas, founded the art car museum in Houston.

Although this is the third year to have an art car show outside the Nave, this is the first year the cars have been paraded through the city before the show.

Two of the three art cars Harithas painted were shown in Saturday's show: a black Cadillac given to her by a friend and "Swamp Mother," a car given to Harithas by her mother.

"I am glad to be able to give back to the Victoria Community," Harithas said. "I've always felt obliged to it since I had such a great time growing up here."

Harithas, 70, spends most of her time in Houston these days. "But I have cottages here in Victoria, so I guess you could say I still live here."

Harithas said she enjoys coming back to Victoria to see family members.

Mark Bigham Jr., 3, wandered through the display of 45 art cars in front of the Nave Museum with his mother, Hope Brown, 26, and his father, Mark Bigham Sr., 34.

"My little boy loves cars. He's crazy about them," Brown said. "It is great to have a family activity to go to together."

Juan and Sandra Melendez, who brought their three children to the show, agreed.

Samantha Melendez, 4, posed for a picture in front of a purple car.

She and her brother, Erick Melendez, said they wished they could ride in the cars.

"I love all the beautiful cars," Erick said. "I wish they were toys so we could ride in them."

Their older brother, Giovanni, 12, said while the cars shaped like monsters, bugs, bugs and food were cool, his favorite were the traditionally shaped cars.

Some of the artists in the show came from as far away as Utah and Pennsylvania.

Fashion and music artist Zoe Jackson-Jarra came to the show with a group from G Gallery in Houston.

"It's great art and it is wonderful to see with all the other artists," Jackson-Jarra said. "It is inspiring as we prepare for our own art shows. Helps us know we're on track."

"Prayer Wheels," an exhibit by David Best, who personally decorated 39 art cars, is on display at the Nave Museum through July 1.

"'Prayer Wheels' was inspired by two people from the second world war," Best said. "They were both car racers."

The display incorporates a wheel symbolizing a Buddhist prayer wheel, Islamic blankets and prayer rugs and oil cans as a tribute to Texas.

Best, who was present at the show, said he was impressed to see such diverse community involvement.

Amy Leissner, executive director of the Nave Museum agreed.

"It is fantastic that we got such a cross section of people who may not have come to the art museum otherwise, who may come back again," Leissner said.

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